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New York editor who oversaw off-color jokes about Pope quits newspaper job


(RNS) The editor of a New York newspaper that ran "The 52 funniest things about the upcoming death of the Pope" quit his job March 7, according to Editor & Publisher.

Jeff Koyen told that he quit as editor of the New York Press rather than face an unpaid two-week suspension in which he was told to "think about what this paper should be."

"The problem is, New York Press already is the paper it should be," Koyen said in a statement posted on "We are iconoclastic, occasionally obnoxious, but always intelligent."

In his parting shots, Koyen said his bosses could not withstand the criticism generated by the pope article. He called his publisher a "spineless alt-weekly weenie" and said owner David Unger is "similarly spineless."

The pope article, which included items such as "No. 46: Beetles eating pope's dead brains," was approved by the newspaper's publisher, Chris Rohland, prior to publication.